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Derby hero Andy King dies aged 58

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Everton's iconic midfielder, Andy King, who scored a classic winner in the Goodison derby of 1978 has died from a heart attack aged just 58.

Evertonians have been stunned by the news of the former midfielder's sudden passing, six years after he recovered from another heart attack, and tributes are pouring in for a beloved figure who scored 67 goals in 248 appearances scoring 67 goals in two separate spells for the Blues.

His most famous was that imperious right-foot drive from outside the area that ended a seven-year drought of victories for Everton over Liverpool. A southerner turned adopted Scouser after joining the club in 1976, he also scored twice at Anfield in his time at Goodison Park.

He left Everton in 1980 for spells with QPR and West Bromwich Albion but declared he would crawl over broken glass to play for Everton again and got his wish in 1982 when Howard Kendall re-signed him.

He played two more seasons for Everton before eventually retiring in 1989 and moving into management at Mansfield Town, Swindon Town and Grays Athletic.

His most recent managerial role was as caretaker manager at Northampton Town in 2013-14 and he had been working as MK Dons' chief scout up to his untimely passing.

King scores the winner against Liverpool in 1978


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Patrick Murphy
1 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:02:24
One of my personal all-time favourites, Andy played the game like we would all like to play it if we had been given a chance or had the ability to do so.

Condolences to all of his family and friends and Andy will be missed by anyone who had the good fortune to meet him. A proper Evertonian who will never be forgotten by those who watched him play for the club.

Colin Glassar
2 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:06:59
What? The King has gone? Absolutely gutted. One of my favourite all-time Everton players. RIP, Kingy.
Eddie Dunn
3 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:20:21
So sad to hear of the great Andy King passing away. He was a beacon of light in the late seventies, and when he scored that cracker in the derby it gave all of us blues such a lift.

A super player, who I will always admire.

Andy Peers
4 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:35:06
I will never forget that goal, watched it live in the Gwladys Street end aged 14 and we beat Liverpool for the first time in 7 years if memory serves me correct. RIP Kingy
Simon Lloyd
5 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:37:56
It appears that the great policeman in the sky has ushered off the pitch one last time.

Sad news.

Dave Williams
6 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:38:04
What a huge shame! A cracking player in his first spell with us - I recall us all saying he was better than Keegan at the same age when he arrived at 19 and scored a few goals quickly.

He loved the club and gave his all for us and puts to absolute shame too many of the current squad whose attitude would not have been tolerated by Andy on the pitch.

If only we could unearth a young player like him today.

RIP Andy and thanks for so many good memories - weÂ’ve lost a true great!

Kevin Tully
7 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:39:29
Too young. HereÂ’s the winner against that lot ; Link
Paul Hewitt
8 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:41:17
Very sad news RIP
Andy Meighan
9 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:38:56
Sad day for us. He was one of our own, Kingy even though he was a southerner. Great player and I wish we had one like him now a goalscoring midfielder.

Apart from the obvious derby goal, does anyone else remember the goal he scored at Derby County, when he turned the centre half inside out and lobbed the keeper? Absolutely brilliant! One of my favourite Everton goals.

Shocked by this news and only 58 as well. RIP, Kingy

Paddy Howlin
10 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:43:36
Sadly I only ever saw him play in his own Testimonial in the early 1990Â’s, but the man was a legend to those watching the Blues in the 1970Â’s. A classic example of somebody who was touched by the Everton bug and clearly loved our club. Such sad news to lose a legend at a young age. RIP.
Stephen Jones
11 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:40:31
What sad news about Andy is our King. I had the pleasure of meeting Andy many times in the old Stanley Bookmakers opposite St Luke’s Church on Goodison Road during my mispent teenage years when he would come in after training and put a few sheckles on the dogs, and he would give us a couple of tips to try and boost our dole money which we did more often than not :-)

He was a great guy but also a True Blue and he loved his time here and just fell in love with Everton and the people of Liverpool. I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to all of AndyÂ’s family and friends. RIP Andy you will always be in our hearts and memories.

Harold Matthews
12 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:39:45
Sad day indeed.. RIP Andy.
Sean Allinson
13 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:50:57
The epitome of a player Â’who played with a smile on his faceÂ’. Â’ThatÂ’ goal in 1978 will live in my memory forever. A great Blue who loved us as much as we loved him. RIP Andy.
Peter Morris
14 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:52:02
Kingy was one of my real heroes at school in 70s. I remember buying my Army surplus rucksack from the Army & Navy Stores opposite Dickie LewisÂ’s to use as my school bag and scrawling his name all over the back.

I was at the game in October 1978 too. A real effervescent character who started out as a Spurs supporter I think, but became a died in the wool Blue.

Gone far too early. RIP Kingy.

Colin Glassar
15 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:58:18
Andy Peers #4, we might have been standing next to each other at that game. I thought I was going to go deaf listening to the Goodison roar. What a player, what an era. Andy King certainly was magic.
Carl Taylor
16 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:59:56
Absolutely gutted. Him, Bob Latchford and Duncan McKenzie made the late 70Â’s tolerable for this lad in a school were I was the only Blue in my year! God Bless Andy, our King!
David Hallwood
17 Posted 27/05/2015 at 14:55:05
WhereÂ’s Kings Drive? In the back of LiverpoolÂ’s net!
RIP to our King, an embodiment of once you get touched by this club.

Hopefully Michael or Lyndon will pass on TWebÂ’s condolences to the family

Andrew Clare
18 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:16:32
Very sad to hear the news,so young. My condolences to his family.
A great Evertonian.
Andy Peers
19 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:15:30
I have replayed that goal 30 times already, goose bumps every time. Does anybody remember Andy King saying that Souness shouted "you missed it" when he was going to hit it?
Julian Exshaw
20 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:18:28
Andy King was part of the Everton side of my childhood with the likes of Ronnie Goodlass, Bob Latchford, Mick Lyons etc. All great Evertonians. I remember the Match of the Day clip when the policeman told him to get off the pitch after his greatest ever goal against the red shite in 78. A maverick of his era. Sad news. RIP Andy King.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:16:24
Great player, just loved playing football, always with a smile on his face, remember him getting sent off against Wolves through that snidey, sneaky Emlyn Hughes, Andy laughing about it later, because he knew heÂ’d been kidded by that phoney.

I was in the upper Gladwys street stand for THAT goal, threw my son right up in the air, nearly forgot to catch him, everyone going berserk, what a day.

Goodnight, God Bless Andy, Rest in peace.

Dave Williams
22 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:23:02
Andy#19 - yes and I recall he was winding Souness up all game and offered to fight him once the game was finished. Souness alledgedly went looking for him after the game and Andy (very wisely) declined his offer
Ernie Baywood
23 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:24:08
Always sad to lose one of the blue family, and such a shame when it happens so young. He was before my time but very much part of my education and upbringing. RIP Andy King.
Jay Harris
24 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:23:32
Andy King,
one of the greatest personalities to play for the Blues.

Always humble, always played with a smile on his face.

May he rest in peace and condolences to the family.

Hopefully someone will open an online condolence book so we can let him and his family know how much he was loved by all.

Peter Mills
25 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:34:52
Dreadful news. Andy#4 and Colin#15 I was alongside you amidst the pandemonium of Gwladys Street that day. What a memory, thank you Andy King for it. R.I.P.
Ken Buckley
26 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:30:39
RIP Andy ---- Blue Legend

THAT goal may not have been his best but it ended 7yrs of hurt and constant Derby ragging. The ground erupted and post match we asked every Red we met to tell us where Kings Drive was.Those that didnÂ’t were soon told.
He will live on in Blue heaven. You can bet on it.

Ged Simpson
27 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:42:36
RIP. Andy and condolences to you family.

In the end, whether we win, draw or lose, it is being a Blue that bonds us despite our little squabbles.

And he was one I loved.

Tony Doran
28 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:38:24
Sad news, Andy was as idolised then as Tiny was in his day. Played with a smile on his face and a spring in his heels. The game could do with a few throwbacks from that era to whip these primadonas into shape. RIP
Richard Reeves
29 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:42:28
Terrible news, RIP Andy King. IÂ’ll always remember you as a legend.
Patrick Murphy
30 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:56:58
Aside from that goal against Liverpool, my two stand out memories of Andy King were the two games where he scored a brace against Derby County in a 3-1 win at the Baseball Ground and later in the same year against Manchester United at Old Trafford in a League Cup Qaurter-Final. That was a time when I was fortunate to be able to travel everywhere watching the Toffees.

Whilst we werenÂ’t the greatest team in the world, we were enjoyable to watch and with Andy in the team anything seemed possible. If we were able to bottle the manÂ’s enthusiasm for the game of football and for Everton in particular we would be unbeatable. Few players have represented the man in the street (Gwladys) as well as Andy King did. RIP Andy.

Dave Brierley
31 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:58:45
He was one of those Everton players who, when you hear his name, immediately makes you smile. Great memories, great moments, thank you Andy. RIP
Paul Ferry
32 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:51:37
OH NO! Heartbreaking. I was there and can still live through each milli-second of one of my top 5 all time EFC goals (’Oh yes he’s got it – a typical King goal and Goodison Park goes absolutely mad’ ) - - Thomas - Pejic - Dobbo knockdown - pow!

And who can forget the post-match on the pitch interview - Everton 3 Man Utd 3 - 10 April 1982 on YouTube

One of my first Everton heroes. He absolutely adored Everton. The first of my Lee heroes to go.

Absolutely gutted.

RIP Kingy – how I loved to sing that song.

Condolences to all of your family and friends.


John Raftery
33 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:04:49
The derby goal on 28th October 1978 will live with me forever. It was probably our greatest moment between winning the league in 1970 and the Cup in 1984. I recall he was in great form in early 1983 until he tore a cruciate just before we played United in the Cup at Old Trafford. He was never quite the same after that but will be remembered fondly by all who saw him play for us. A great character, in some ways he was our late seventies version of Alan Ball.
Eugene Ruane
34 Posted 27/05/2015 at 15:23:06
ItÂ’s an odd thought now, but a northern side having a southerner in the team back then was quite unusual.

Not many northern teams seemed to sign them (I remember when Utd signed Gordon Hill, some treated his arrival as though they had signed E.T).

Northern teams generally featured a few lads from the immediate city/town, a couple of tough Scots, a Welsh and/or Irish lad and a few players from the surrounding areas.

Southerners, according to the received Â’wisdomÂ’ of the times, were Â’fancy DansÂ’ and seen as lacking..erm..something (ie: northern stuff - grit, honesty, rickets etc).

So signing And King was quite exotic, just for the fact that he spoke with that accent.

I remember my (late) dad initially wasnÂ’t too impressed with the signing, but changed his mind very quickly based on AKÂ’s personality more than his play ("IÂ’d have Andy King over some miserable Yorkshire get any day").

I was a fan from day one, King was cocky and relaxed and seemed genuinely happy to have joined us and as it was something new/different I embraced it/him (so I was basically the complete opposite of how I am these days).

As a player he could be inconsistent and appeared to be a player who enjoyed Â’a good timeÂ’, however you have to remember players back then werenÂ’t on much more than the average feller so he was hardly living like Beckham.

When he was on blob, he could be very good and it was obvious he definitely didnÂ’t like losing (I understand nobody likes losing, but I love a player who truly hates losing).

Today weÂ’ll all remember his goal against them in 1978 and quite right too.

In spectacular style, he ended 7 years of gloating from those horrible twats and gave us a night weÂ’ll never forget (I canÂ’t tell you what colour socks IÂ’ve got on right now, but I can tell you who I was with, everything we did and everywhere we went that night).

I think the most important thing to remember about Andy King is that he became an Evertonian.

Some players arrive, play and leave and thatÂ’s fine, but occasionally a player is bitten by..whatever it is that bit us all.

Andy King played for Everton and became an Evertonian.

Basically, he became was one of us - one of us who got to score a winner in a derby AND...snot Emlyn Hughes.

Andy is our King.


Mike Powell
35 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:26:03
One off my all time favourites god bless Andy and condolences to all your Family.

Oh Andy is our King,

Oh Andy is our King,

Oh Andy is our King,

Colin Wilson
36 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:27:15
Too soon, A month earlier of the Derby game and his goal, I went to my first Everton game, he scored the first goal I ever saw at Goodison Park that day a pen, along with Bob Latchford, we beat Wolves. 2.0.
Bill Gall
37 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:37:00
Been in Canada for 2 years and this was the first game I watched on a months holiday. Easy to remember apart from it being against the other shower and Andy King was remembered ever after for that.

May he RIP and condolences to his family.

Rob Sawyer
38 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:36:20
Always sad to lose a great player but even more so at a relatively young age.

KingyÂ’s first Everton incarnation was largely before my time as a match-goer. He became a firm favourite of mine during his second Goodison coming even though a knee injury, and perhaps lifestyle, would temper his play a bit. I was gutted (although probably not as much as he was) when he was not selected in the 12 for the 2 Wembley finals in 1984.

He exited, almost unnoticed, at the end of that season (still only 28) to ply his trade briefly in the backwater of Cambuur in the Netherlands. The next time I saw him playing was in 1986 at Kennilworth Road against the Blues in the FA Cup. In those dark days of the 70s Kingy was one, along with Latchford and Thomas, who lifted the gloom. Thanks Andy.

Ray Said
39 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:47:50
Looking at the football played leading up to the King goal shows that the game is still played best when played simply.

RIP King Andy.

Tim O'Connell
40 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:49:28
Very sad news!

I remember the day of the derby goal. I was at Sheffield Uni and played a Uni hockey match that day and after that had to run 2 miles to get back in time to watch the goal on MotD to then run a further 2 miles to get to the coach to get to a 12 hour bowling marathon starting midnight. That goal kept me going through all of it!

Condolences to all his family. He was a True Blue great!

Ed Fitzgerald
41 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:44:00
A very sad day for Blues everywhere particularly those of a certain age who would have seen Kingy play.I loved the way he played with a swagger and wasnÂ’t scared of the RS.

Some players arrive at the club and become Evertonians as well as Everton players, that was the case with Andy King he clearly loved the club and its fans and we loved him back for it.

For a young 15 year old in the Gladwys street he wiped out seven years of school based torture from the Reds. I remember every detail of that day and evening.

He might be gone (too soon) but wonÂ’t be forgotten thatÂ’s for certain.

RIP Andy

Darren Hind
42 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:50:33
Very sad news.

Let’s not forget his performances at Anfield too. I remember standing on the Kop with about 5,000 other blues and the gobshites were really rubbing it in when they were winning, up stepped the king to silence them. We went berserk.

RIP Andy Lad. There will be a lot of heavy Evertonian hearts tonight

Trevor Lynes
43 Posted 27/05/2015 at 16:56:40
RIP, Andy!
Colin Glassar
44 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:01:21
Totally agree Ed. We had a massive inferiority complex playing the rs in the 70s until Andy rammed that goal down their throats.
Murdo Laing
45 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:07:43
Patrick #30, I was at both of those away games too, and after the game at the Baseball Ground, I was able to corner Billy Bingham at the motorway services as the team coach stopped off with the supportersÂ’ coaches. I asked BB what he thought of Andy, and he thought he had unearthed a real gem of a player. Was this the same match that AK made his debut? I remember is was on a Thursday or Friday night and it was pissing it down in Derby. As for his performance at Old Trafford, I recall he and Dobbo were imperious.
RIP Andy. May you long live in our memories .
Brian Murray
46 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:15:53
Rest in peace, Andy, you were one of my all time favorite players.
Roger Helm
47 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:09:24
I am shocked and saddened. Andy was in the first Everton team I watched - swashbuckling was how I would describe him. 195 appearances, 49 goals - how we could use him today!

Like so many, he was bitten by the Everton bug and was a lifelong Blue. It is worth buying Looking for the Toffees by Brian Viner, which includes his story together with his Everton teammates like Latchford, Dobson, Thomas, Pejic et al.

Patrick Murphy
48 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:18:36
Murdo according to the Everton results website it was a Wednesday night in Derby, probably rearranged due to DerbyÂ’s involvement in the FA Cup semi-final, it wasnÂ’t AndyÂ’s debut as he played on the previous Monday against Middlesbrough at Goodison, but it was the first game in which he scored for the Toffees.
Ray Robinson
49 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:24:43
One of my all time favourites. A cheeky, chirpy chappy from down South who took the club to heart (as we did him). Everton certainly touched Andy. RIP, a true Everton legend.
James Hughes
50 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:23:24
Saddened by the news,
Â’78 was the first derby victory I saw and it still brings back goosebumps. Gladwys Street going mental, hugging everyone near, the noise, the pure joy, truly worth the wait.

Thank you Andy King

Richard Lyons
51 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:22:38
Sad news indeed. He was one of my heroes, along with the likes of Alan Ball etc. Andy brought a touch of southern glam to an otherwise gritty northern outfit, he gave us an extra dimension... And oh, that goal! Simply unforgettable...
Ed Smith
52 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:40:22
Oh no, him and Latch were my first heroes. Gutted.
Ross Edwards
53 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:31:49
Very sad news. A shock. 58 is no age.
Colin Williams
54 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:44:05
Legend!.... True blue! Great memories of a great Evertonian.... Gutted!!!
Derek Turnbull
55 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:54:59
I canÂ’t believe it. RIP Andy.

He was loved on the terraces . I have a faded memory of our fans singing something to When a child is born to him because of THAT goal.

Paul Chaloner
56 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:43:33
This has really upset me. I too was there in 1978 in Gwladys street upper stand. I still have the footy echo from that day. When we played with our mates we argued about who was going to be Andy king. Condolences to his family at this very sad time.
Mark Griffiths
57 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:48:22
RIP Mr King. Remember him on radio city commentating not that long ago I think? Best wishes to his family. Not a word on the bbc as far as I can see, I bet if it was some manure or rs player it would be plastered all over the show!
Tom Evans
58 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:51:59
Sad news indeed. Gave his all for the royal blue jersey. Obviously THAT goal lingers in most minds, but I tend to recall his goals at Old Trafford when we beat Utd 3-0 in a league cup game. He was unplayable that night.
RIP fella.
Mike Iddon
59 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:57:22
Like many on here I was at that game in the St End, went mental when he scored then had to sit on the steps at the top of the terrace not able to watch for the last 5 mins or so. I wanted us to beat that lot so, so much. It was like a pain inside released when we won; they were truly unbearable at the time. Andy King, true EFC legend for that goal and what it meant at the time.
James Marshall
60 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:50:43
I was 5 in 1978 so the goal heÂ’s famous for went over my head, and I have no recollection of it (although of course IÂ’ve seen it in the intervening years), but heÂ’s one of those players every Evertonian knows about and feels close to so itÂ’s a very sad day when one of our own goes so young.

I always thought he looked like a great bloke who knew how to have a good time, and IÂ’ve always loved that in a player. Not enough of it about in todayÂ’s age of super-professionalism, which personally I think is a shame.

Dave Abrahams
61 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:57:06
A good mate of mine had, The Chaucer, pub, in Bootle and on the night Andy scored they recreated the goal in the pub. ball and everything, it was a Bluehouse so it took them ages to find someone to play Ray ClemenceÂ’s part, in the end they put a deaf and dumb lad in the goal and got on with replaying AndyÂ’s goal, a great time was had by all.
Liam Reilly
62 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:09:01
Too young; very sad.

One of my all time favourite players.


Keith Harrison
63 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:08:11
Great Goal. Great Player. Great Guy. Great Shame. RIP Andy.
Andy Walker
64 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:08:01
Andy was my favourite player in that side. He had skill, an eye for a goal and worked his socks off. He loved the club too.

I remember the 78 Derby goal so well, I didnÂ’t have a ticket but remember the excitement of waiting for then watching the match on MOTD. Also being able to go into school on the following Monday and give a bit back to the RS fans.

I canÂ’t believe it. A true blue legend, RIP Andy and sincere condolences to his family.

Anthony Flack
65 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:23:07
My first derby, will never forget it... I staggered home in a daze.

Very sad news bringing all sorts of stuff we converse over into perspective.

Allan Board
66 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:09:59
One of my first heroes, played the game with a smile on his face and not unconsiderable talent with his feet. Along with Dobbo, a player ahead of his time in terms of talent and technique. He could play for us now,and excel thatÂ’s how good I think he was. A great shame, RIP The King.
Peter Bell
67 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:37:21
In a week when people have been pushing for a send off for Distin, a proper hero passes away.

Shoved out the door by that miserable fucker Gordon Lee, and twice we never had the chance to show our appreciation. Andy King gave me the first ever opportunity to go into school and gloat at the RS supporters.

Always a player who delivered away from home as well, the mark of a great player. I'll never forget the away days you gave us, Andy. If my memory serves me right, I am certain he assisted 3 of Latchfords 4 at QPR.

Eddie Dunn
68 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:23:30
I went to nearly all our home games that year, but couldnÂ’t get a ticket for the derby match, and listened instead on Radio Merseyside. Match of the day was really special. and the following week at school it was nice to give it back to the RS majority, for a change.
Paul Graney
69 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:35:25
Sad day for all Blues. All of us older Blues have all got our own memories of him obviously the Derby goal in 1978 stands out but a couple of mine were the first goals he scored in a night game at Derby, his only hat trick for us against Bristol City on a freezing day at Goodison, which if memory serves me right took us to the top of the league; also goals at Chelsea and the Redshite.

When his playing career ended he went on to become the Manager of my local team Mansfield Town with whom he used to bring his youth team to play our village side pre-season, for whom my brother was the Manager, also an Evertonian so obviously during their conversations the subject of Everton cropped up. During these brief chats, my Brother could tell how passionate and how much he still loved the Blues.

So Andy, thanks for the memories and you will always be my King.

Peter Bell
70 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:51:22
Dave@17 and Ken@26

The quote was:
"Where's Kings Drive?"
"It's just past the Clemence Arms."

Andrew Ellams
71 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:05:12
I hope the club still give Andy his moment at the first home game next season. A proper footballer, hero to many, and driven by his love for the game and the club.
Murdo Laing
72 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:04:46
Thanks Patrick #48: The mists of time have skewed my recollection a little, but anyway, I think we are all agreed on here that Andy King was a class act, and left an impression on those of us of a "certain age". So many good memories of that team coming back, and as you say Peter #67 , he fell foul of the dour Gordon Lee who didnÂ’t really seem to like creative types. No matter, RIP Andy, God Bless.
Darren Hind
73 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:20:47
Can anybody find a link for KingyÂ’s equalizer at Anfield ? IÂ’m pretty certain it was the game when Mick Lyons lobbed Georgie Wood.

Actually I now remember Kingy scoring in another game at Anfield - another equalizer I think but I cant find anything on YouTube.

Jon Cox
74 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:20:45
Most Everton footballers take note,

He didnÂ’t need to kiss the badge, because we all knew he loved the shirt,

As Patrick says, condolences to the family,

always in our thoughts Andy.

Eugene Ruane
75 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:19:55
Just curious, after the King derby, did anyone else celebrate in The Hermitage?

It was our alehouse of choice before games but after the match, the usual routine was jump an 81 home, egg and chips (one eye on The A team), a quick swill, suited and booted and out.

But after that game there was no going home first, it was straight out and a wonderful night of mayhem.

I saw a feller in Â’The HermyÂ’ that night standing on top of the jukey Â’playingÂ’ a shovel. He was holding it like a guitar and with a two pence piece, strumming the V in the back of it.

When YouÂ’re Smiling never sounded sweeter (even Â’without yer kecks on!Â’)

Peter Bell
76 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:27:04
Darren @ 73
Kingy twice scored the equaliser at Anfield.
First one was in the 1 1 draw at the KOP end in the return game after 78
You are correct, the second time was at the Anfield Road end in the 2 2 game were Mick Lyons lobbed George Wood from the half way line.
Trevor Ross had a perfect winner disallowed that day also.
You wont find the second game on you tube as there was a TV strike at the time.
That was also the game at Analfield were there was a mass brawl and only Stanley & McDermott got sent off.
God, I am a sad F"""" arent I
Dave Abrahams
77 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:33:42
Darren (73), Andy scored at Anfield in a 1-1 draw, the game when Mick Lyons scored was a 2-2 draw, the first game was an evening kick off the other was a Saturday afternoon when Gary Stanley and Terry McDermott got sent off. IÂ’m not sure if Andy scored in that game, think Brian Kidd got one not sure about the other, maybe Patrick can fill us in.
Joe Bibb
78 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:26:18
When Andy scored that goal it was the closest Merseyside has ever come to an Earthquake, the noise was tremendous not even a Kopite policeman could stop Andy smiling.

Great Blue, nice man and a very good player.

Condolences to all his Family & Friends.

Darren Hind
79 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:38:04
Ah Trevor RossÂ’s Goal, Peter. It had slipped from my memory. probably buried under all those other injusticeÂ’s since.

Makes King's winner at the Park end all the sweeter.

Thanks for confirming his goals at Anfield. I was beginning to think I was remembering goals that were never scored

Telly strike eh? No wonder... thats some memory youÂ’ve got btw.

Christy Ring
80 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:41:04
Sad day RIP Andy, my deepest sympathy to his family. A Blue Legend and will never be forgotten.
Dave Abrahams
81 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:40:36
That 2-2 game was the one where the female streaker ran onto the pitch and Ray Clemence was the only person in the ground who never saw her, he was concentrating that hard at the end of the penalty area watching the play at the other end and the streaker ran behind him.

Andy would have enjoyed that, he had a lot of fun in him.

Peter Bell
82 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:46:53
Dave (77) yes your memory is spot on.

Brian Kidd scored the first equaliser, header at the Kop end. I was in the Anfield Road end that day, almost certain it was a early kick-off.

David Edwards
83 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:49:03
Very sad and unexpected news. Like many who followed that late 70s team in our late teens - Andy was a real hero to us. His boyish enthusiasm matched ours perfectly. Far too young to leave us. Our KING! RIP Andy
Darren Hind
84 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:54:49
May have been an early Kick off. The one in 77 when Dai Davies dived over Faircloughs last minute winner deffo was - Grand National
Tony Marsh
85 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:54:45

I was a school kid at that game it was the first time I had ever seen Everton beat Liverpool. I was always Andy King in kick abouts.

Such a loss of a true hero. What a legend. I remember him giving kids his slummy on his way in to the ground so that they could pay in to watch him. Imagine today's footballers slipping a kid a few bob to get through the turnstyle...

Absolutely shell-shocked. So young as well.

Rest in peace, Andy lad. God bless you and your family. xxx

Patrick Murphy
86 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:01:03
The 1-1 draw at Anfield was an evening game and the 2-2 was a Saturday 3pm kick off.
Colin Glassar
87 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:56:13
After the sheer joy of seeing Blatter and his fellow felons being caught with their grubby fingers in the pie to this sad, sad news of a great Evertonian ruined my day.

I remember Andy playing for Luton and thinking "I wish he played for us". I know Lurch Lee never liked him because he never took anything seriously and used to imitate Lurch behind his back. Like someone else said, when he signed we had no southerners in our team so we found his "cockney" accent really funny and strange, but after a few games Kingy became one of us and we loved him dearly.

ps: IÂ’ve looked at that video several times and I still canÂ’t see myself on the street end. Too many people.

Michael Evans
88 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:09:47
So sad

I was 15 when he scored that winner in 1978 and remember to this day the sheer jubilation that I felt.

Andy you will always be remembered by Evertonians.

Patrick Murphy
89 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:13:29
Darren that Fairclough game was April 1976 but IÂ’ll forgive you as we all try and draw a veil over those type of games.
Paul Tran
90 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:06:18
Darren, he scored twice at their place. Once for 1-1 when he smashed one in in front of the Kop, the other a few minutes after Lyons scored the best own goal IÂ’ve ever seen from the halfway line. And of course, that great goal on that great day in 1978.

My best memory of Andy King was on a preseason tour in Belgium. There were a load of us in this bar and Andy showed up. Next thing he was getting chaired around the square. He went straight to the bar, slapped down a wad of notes and bought a round for at least 50 of us.

Top player, top bloke and a true Evertonian. We loved him and he paid us back tenfold.

RIP Andy. YouÂ’ll always be our King.

Mike T Jones
91 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:16:35
I was a regular ball boy for the reserves in 1983/84. Cold weeknights at Goodison either stood in the Enclosure, Street End or Paddock. Andy was a regular in the team.....and he always said hello when he first spoke to you and thanks when you gave him the ball back....small things, but they define a man...I was a skinny 13/14 year old at the time....meant a lot
Peter Bell
92 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:13:18
On a sad day like today, its great to listen to you lads talk alot of the late 70s away days over again. Old Trafford December 76 and an Andy King double comes to mind.

Anyone remember his 30-yard strike at West Brom the following season.

I am also certain the day he scored 3 against Bristol at Goodison he was wearing trainers on an icy pitch

Peter Morris
93 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:12:15
Forgot to mention earlier, I also went to the 3-0 League Cup win at Old Trafford, as I was at Uni there so was with a bunch of Mancs in the Stretford End. Martin Dobson scored at that end I think. All the Mancs were going berserk, burning their scarves and everything... wonderful!
Colin Glassar
94 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:29:17
Peter, do you think any of todayÂ’s team wouldÂ’ve gotten into that 1977-78 team (we scored 76 goals that season)? Personally, I donÂ’t. Man for man, that team is better than this lot.
Brian Denton
95 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:17:57
What a shock. Like Eugene, I can remember where I was that Saturday night in 1978, getting pissed in The Fantail in Kirkby. Also coming out of Anfield that night of the return game, singing "YouÂ’ll Never Beat the Blues". I remember being really made up when he rejoined us in 1982. A real hero.
Peter Sheils
96 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:43:24
Heard this sad news whilst driving home from work this evening, and before I knew it tears were streaming down my face.

As a 54-year-old Born Bluenose, Â’KingyÂ’ gave me one of the most joyous occasions as a 17-year-old, when I was able to go home following a very rare derby match win, and savour the moment with my older brother a season ticket holder with the Redshite.

A few years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Â’KingyÂ’ in Â’ShanksÂ’ nightclub in Liverpool where, after he joined me and my family for the evening, and subsequently invited me and my younger cousin over to Bellefield to spend the day meeting the players and then manager (Howard Kendall) and to watch the training session. A moment neither myself or my cousin have ever forgot (can you imagine this type of thing happening nowadays?)

Moments like this is what makes Everton the true "People's Club". RIP Andy a true man of the people who really enjoyed the company of the supporters (thoughts with AndyÂ’s wife Barbara and family).

Peter Bell
97 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:36:27

the left side of Pejic, Dobson and Thomas was even better than Baines/ Pienaar but then we now only play a two as opposed to three.

Midfield three of Dobson, King and Buckley would make these jokers today look pedestrian. And then big Bob Latchford against Lukaku; well, no comparison really

Ed Smith
98 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:41:24
Eugene 34, great post.

"Some players arrive, play and leave and that's fine, but occasionally a player is bitten by... whatever it is that bit us all."

Tony Cheek
99 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:50:32
Much too early.... One of the characters I will always remember. "Played with a smile on his face" is a perfect description of Andy. Always looked like he really enjoyed playing. RIP.
Tom Evans
100 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:45:48
Peter #92.

Correct with the hat trick against Bristol. Good memory for the frozen pitch. Top marks.

As the posts continue to come in, what a lad he must have been.

Peter Mills
101 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:47:26
We sat at the far right hand side of the old main stand at Old Trafford for that League Cup quarter final in late Â’76. We were next to the quadrant that is now for away supporters, then it was terracing for home fans, separated from the stand by wire mesh. One Manc spent the whole of the 2nd half 20ft up the wire spitting down at us. To be fair he was being baited, just a little!
Peter Bell
102 Posted 27/05/2015 at 22:07:03
I monitor the threads regularly and only contribute to the forum occasionally, but this is a sad one for me guys. Andy King was a cockney who became an Evertonian. I once met him, my second childhood hero after the Latch. He came across as a true Blue who really loved Everton.

Thanks for the memories

RIP, Andy King.

James Marshall
103 Posted 27/05/2015 at 22:28:03
He was actually from Luton, so not a cockney at all – a rare southerner at a time when most players were local, northern, or perhaps Scots/Welsh/Irish but certainly not a cockney by any stretch of the imagination.

Either way the sentiment stands, Peter.

Paul Washington
104 Posted 27/05/2015 at 22:17:17
Along with Mick Buckley, who passed away recently, Andy has left us far too soon.

Condolences to Andy's family, thanks for the great memories Kingy a proper character and Evertonian.

God Bless.

Dennis Stevens
105 Posted 27/05/2015 at 22:53:54
Very sad news, quite shocking really. However, Andy will live long in so many of our memories, as both a fine player & a great character.
Steve Bretherton
106 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:01:09
RIP Andy true legand
Eddie Dunn
107 Posted 27/05/2015 at 22:54:04
Darren 73. I was at Anfield, in the Paddock, when Lyons lobbed George Wood - couldnÂ’t believe it, but we drew 2-2, and there were over 52,000 in there that day.
Shaun Gillespie
108 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:06:14
RIP Andy, you were probably my favourite player from the 70' favourite memories where of course being in the Top Balcony when you scored that great goal in the derby, and the utter elation felt that day, and then going to Old Trafford in the League Cup QF in 1977....and totally outplaying them to win 3-0, again hard to remember feeling on such a high.

What player. Thanks Andy, there was nothing sang louder than "Oh Andy is our King"... youÂ’ll be missed.

Brian Porter
109 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:46:29
Such sad news, taken too young.

RIP, Andy.

Graham Hammond
110 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:26:27
A very very sad day for Evertonians. Andy King was probably my biggest hero as a kid, so absolutely gutted. His goalscoring prowess from midfield in a not always great team has to mark him down as a genuine Everton great. Condolences to all his family and friends.

R I P Andy King - Everton Legend

Colin Grierson
111 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:37:32
Ollie, Ollie Ollie with your balls in trolley and your dick tied up with string. Sitting on the grass with a bottle of bass singing "Andy is our king!"

Legend. End of. RIP lad.

Karl Parsons
112 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:50:41
Gutted. WeÂ’ve all lost a brother...
Jason Murray
113 Posted 27/05/2015 at 23:20:44
RIP Andy. Clearly you meant a lot to many people and will never be forgotten.

I guess itÂ’s true what they say: "Once Everton has touched you, youÂ’re never the same." Well Andy certainly touched our lives and for that we shall be eternally grateful.

Mike Hughes
114 Posted 28/05/2015 at 00:21:31
Very sad news. RIP Andy King.

I still remember listening to that goal on the radio in our house in Walton. I was 11 years old and it was a monumental feeling that we had beaten them.

Those great Everton moments really mark out your life. Andy King made his mark. Always seemed to have a smile on his face.

IÂ’ll remember that goal, that day and that feeling if I live to 100.

Matthew Williams
115 Posted 28/05/2015 at 00:53:25
A true legend, scorer of the greatest Blues goals of all time, terrible news, the King is dead, RIP Kingy.
Anto Byrne
116 Posted 28/05/2015 at 02:00:46
I am 58 so its a bit scary when some passes away at this time. I was there at Goodison on that joyous day. If ever a player epitomised Everton, it was Andy King.

I'm quite upset at this news, devastated in fact.

Andy King, thanks for the memories. You will always be a legend of this great club. RIP.

Mike Price
117 Posted 28/05/2015 at 03:56:15
Typing this with tears in my eyes.

I was in the Main stand, Row D, in line with the 18-yard line. I can still see Clemence reaching and the ball hitting the net; there was a moment of disbelief and then utter exhilaration. I donÂ’t think any goal, or any result ever gave me more pleasure.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

John Atkins
118 Posted 28/05/2015 at 06:21:24
Sad news and so young ..... RIP Andy lad x

After Bob Latchford he was my favourite player in the 70s – had loads of pictures on my bedroom wall of them both as well as Maryin Dobson, Duncan McKenzie, Dave Thomas, Mick Lyons, Mick Pejic and yes even Terry Darracot, I loved them all, but Andy King was special, very special.

I used to wait outside the main stand as a kid loads of times after the match in search of autographs and he always obliged with a smile on his face, he was made up youÂ’d asked him!

Growing up in the 70s was a nightmare at school as IÂ’d never known us to have beaten that shower until that day in October 1978 when as an 11-year-old he gave me my very first taste of a derby win, oh how I enjoyed school for a few weeks after that!

Enjoyed that era even as much as the 80s for some strange reason, proper players who cared. Most of the prima donnas today arenÂ’t worth the shoelaces of the likes of Andy King

I shared the same birthday (not year!) as him – 14 August, for which I felt privileged – me!!! the same day as the great ANDY KING. As a kid on my birthday I used to look at his picture and say Happy Birthday to him, I absolutely idolised him !

Thanks for the memories Andy, weÂ’ll never forget them.

Peter Mills
119 Posted 28/05/2015 at 07:35:22
Mike#117, I have been thinking a lot about that moment since I heard the news of AndyÂ’s death yesterday. I have watched the goal perhaps a dozen times, you have the tension of the match, that moment when you think "ThereÂ’s a goal here", the flight of the ball, the ball hitting the net, very brief disbelief, then delirium and ensuing bedlam of noise.

I have thought of Colin HarveyÂ’s goal at Burnden Park in 1966, KendallÂ’s in 14 seconds against Chelsea in 1970, Heath in 1984 at Highbury, Sharp at Anfield, Trevor Steven against Bayern, Sheedy in Rotterdam, AmoÂ’s second goal at Elland Road in 95, Jags at Wembley, Oviedo at Old Trafford.

And, of course, Andy KingÂ’s in 1978. One of a very, very select bunch.

Those moments, and the pursuit of them, are why we still bother.

Seb Niemand
120 Posted 28/05/2015 at 08:03:39
My favourite Everton player ever, barring nobody. This is a sad and lonesome day!
Paul Hughes
121 Posted 28/05/2015 at 08:34:32
"I know where QueenÂ’s Drive is, but where is KingÂ’s Drive?"
"I dunno"
"Six inches past ClemenceÂ’s left ear!"

Andy King brightened up 70s schooldays made miserable by the success of the RS. He will always remain my favourite Everton player.

Andy is our King!

John Pickles
122 Posted 28/05/2015 at 08:57:56
Very sad to hear AndyÂ’s gone, he was one of my earliest favourites (we share Luton as a place of birth) .

My second favourite memory of him was when he was interviewed after the second semi-final of the Milk Cup in 1983. When asked about his mistake which led to VillaÂ’s only goal, which pulled it back to 2-1 on aggregate, the cheeky scamp replied how he wanted to make the game more interesting.


Andy King


Paul Burns
123 Posted 28/05/2015 at 10:04:47
I bumped into a mate on Goodison Road and was gassing with him when Andy came walking down the road from behind him. HeÂ’d just signed for us again. I nodded to him, which my mate didnÂ’t see, and as he passed he slipped us a wink.

"How the fuck do you know Andy King?" My mate spat out."WeÂ’re old mates," I lied.

Sums up the difference between todayÂ’s pampered millionaire scumbags and a true legend, a man delighted to be back at his beloved Everton, who was walking around the ground, taking in the atmosphere, and delighted to be mixing with the fans an hour or so before the game.


Kevin Jones
124 Posted 28/05/2015 at 10:13:28
Absolutely gutted, I was doing the tea last night and my missus called me to say Andy had died. I just sat down and felt like IÂ’d lost a mate.

The first time I ever cried at a match was the goal against the RS. IÂ’m a bit vertically challenged and in 1977 I was 13, so we used to get in early to get behind the front wall under the clock in the Street End. When Kingy scored me and my mate Stu went absolutely ape shit, the noise was unbelievable.

Big Bob was my hero then... closely followed by Kingy and Martin Dobson.

Deepest condolences to all of Andy’s family and to all Evertonians around the World – we’ve lost a good 'un.

Michael Polley
125 Posted 28/05/2015 at 12:14:36
Shocked to hear this news. He was a hero of mine. Always remember that great half volley against the RS.

So sad. RIP

Mick Quirke
126 Posted 28/05/2015 at 14:13:08
Welling up reading that Prentice tribute. IÂ’ll never forget that screamer past Clemence. I was 13 and just signing all weekend. I think a bit like Cahill, heÂ’s destined to be a legend in an average period for the Club.

That said we had some top players in that team, Pejic, Dobson, King, McKenzie, Latch and Thomas.

RIP great Blue!

Matthew Williams
127 Posted 28/05/2015 at 14:40:50
No mention of KingyÂ’s sad passing on Talksport, too wrapped up with all that Fifa shite. The lads should wear the Â’78 retro shirt in the club shop for the games in Singapore, true respect for a club legend.
Tom Evans
128 Posted 28/05/2015 at 15:07:22
One of the typical jokes in those days was about a Kopite showing off his dog to his mate, doing all sorts of acrobatics when he told it that they had just beaten Everton. His mate asks what does it do when Everton win, with the Kopite saying I donÂ’t know, IÂ’ve only had it seven years.

Thanks to Andy, those jokes stopped.

Once again mate, thank you.

Bill Griffiths
129 Posted 28/05/2015 at 15:39:25
RIP Andy. He was a True Blue Legend.
Jon Cox
130 Posted 28/05/2015 at 19:18:10
Only half-an-hour's drive to work but iÂ’ll try to quote from TalkShite.

sad day for Evertonians, Andy King died yesterday. THAT was it. Half hour to get home and absolutely nothing. But what can you expect from the new rs propaganda dept.

TalkSport, hang your heads in shame you bastards...

Tony Abrahams
131 Posted 28/05/2015 at 19:20:21
Dave I honestly thought you had threw me over the stand into the Lower Glaywds street when Andy King scored that great goal.

I was only eight but I learned a very valuable lesson on that great day. With the match over we was going to the exits and this fella had his head bowwed with his arms over his head. You thought he was a red and went to take the piss until the man told you he was a blue and was overwhelmed with emotion.

I learned how much Everton meant to people that day, and itÂ’s something that has never left me.


Victor Jones
132 Posted 28/05/2015 at 22:39:57
Very sad news, hearing about the passing of Andy King. He was right up there with the best players that I have seen in an Everton shirt. I loved all the big name players that have played for Everton, but a few of my all time favourites were not maybe the stars of the team.

I loved watching players like John Hurst, Jimmy Husband, the trinity, Tommy Wright, etc. And then in the 70s, players like Lyons, Dobson, Latchford, Pejic, and not forgetting McKenzie. Add Andy King to that list. That Everton team of the mid to late 1970s could and should have won trophies. But unfortunately, it was not to be.

Andy King was a very good player. He would have graced most Everton teams over the decades. And his goal against Liverpool will never be forgotten. That goal was what came into my mind this morning. I really cannot stress how much I enjoyed that 70s team. And Andy King was a massive part of that. A neat little footballer, with a real eye for a goal.

Some wonderful comments and tributes on here today. What more can I say. Heres hoping that he is remembered at the start of next season. IÂ’m sure that he will be. RIP Andy King.

David Cromwell
133 Posted 28/05/2015 at 23:19:23
IÂ’m too young but, after Duncan McKenzie, Andy King was my arl fella's favourite player. If youÂ’re going to break a seven-year derby drought, an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box that rocks Goodison to itÂ’s foundations is the way to go.

RIP Andy King – in thought, deed and spirit a fantastic Evertonian who will never be forgotten.

Rob Kerr
134 Posted 28/05/2015 at 23:14:40
The Gordon Lee team was my first and has a special place in my heart. AK scored the first goal I ever saw against Villa (1-0 win Â’77 I think).

I thank my dad for taking me and players like Andy King for instantly convincing me that following a football team was worthwhile, and that it should be Everton. Never regretted it since.

A loss to the Everton community, far more to his family to whom I send love.

Paul Williams
135 Posted 29/05/2015 at 13:07:18
Thanks to Andy for one of the most memorable footballing moments. I was 14 that day in the middle of the Gwladys Street. CouldnÂ’t see a thing it was crammed. Somehow I got the feeling we had scored. Unbelievable!

I recorded it later from MotD on some dodgy cassette player (couldn’t afford VHS back then) and played it over and over for months. I’ll never forget those immortal words...."’s going to fall for Andy King..." – the rest is history!

Alan Bodell
136 Posted 29/05/2015 at 18:56:08
He will remain in our memories.
Mark Evans
139 Posted 02/06/2015 at 00:18:24
Very sorry to hear of AndyÂ’s passing. He was a terrific player for Everton but above all a larger than life character who genuinely enjoyed playing for the Toffees. I remember him being bought from Luton for a song and quickly establishing himself as a fine midfielder with an eye for goal. How we could do with his talent now!

Like most Evertonians of a certain age, I will never forget his goal in the Goodison derby of Â’78 and what it meant for us all. Nor the pitchline interview just after the final whistle, abruptly ended by one of Her MajestyÂ’s finest!

There were tributes to him here in the local paper in Swindon where he managed Swindon Town twice. However, I think there was no doubt where his heart truely lay and IÂ’m sure he will be given a good send off at St Luke's.

God bless you Andy, rest in peace.

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